Top 10 Interview Questions (…And How To Answer Them)
Last week a friend of mine had a job interview scheduled over Skype and she was in a stressful panic looking for ways on how to impress the recruiter. I happened to notice that she was only uncomfortable because she hadn’t prepared nor had a clue about the questions to be asked. Many of us fail job interviews not because we are incapable of performing the job but simply because we fail to respond correctly to questions during the interview. A job interview is set to assess you as a person through what you say and how you deliver it.
The moment you are scheduled for an interview, make a brief research on the company history, their story, mission and more. As the saying goes, “First impression is at utmost important,” You have to make sure you’ve prepared yourself adequately. These 10 Interview questions will guide you on how to respond.
Question 1. “Tell me about yourself?”.
How should you reply then? Like I said, you should have done your research on what the company expects from the candidates before heading for the interview. Your answer then, is to address how your qualities (e.g. qualifications, personalities and work experience) are relevant to the position in question. Therefore, you should only convey information applicable to what is required for the job, but not irrelevant ones pertaining to your family or personal events.
Question 2. “What are your weaknesses?”
This is a tricky question, you can’t reveal that you lack what it takes for the job; on the other, it will be an obvious lie if you claim you don’t have any weaknesses.
With your knowledge of what constitutes as weaknesses, you can admit to those which you have that don’t affect the particular job requirements. Secondly, you can mask strengths as weaknesses. For instance, you can say you are a very careful and precise person who gets picky with details of a project (for this to work though, the job must be one that is particular about specifics). Lastly, you can confess to past weaknesses but show how you had triumphed over them.
Question 3. “What is your greatest accomplishment?”
This is a good time to illustrate how you can contribute to the company if you are successfully recruited, so it will be to your advantage if you mention an achievement that applies to the position.
Question 4. “Why did you leave your last job?”
There are various legitimate reasons for leaving a job. Yet, when it comes to interview, try to answer positively rather than complain about what made you unhappy. Talk in relation to your career goals and how the job you are applying provides a better environment for growth than your previous job.
Question 5. “Why do you want to work with us?”
Here the interviewer wishes to see how much you know about the company culture, and whether you can identify with the organization’s values and vision. Every organization has its strong points, and these are the ones that you should highlight in your answer. For example, if the company emphasizes on integrity with customers, then you mention that you would like to be in such a team because you yourself believe in integrity.
Question 6. “Why did you apply for this position?”
Here don’t give them the vibe that you applied for this job because you were fired from your previous company or how desperate you are to get a job. Any company wants someone who is committed to the organization and eventually develope a sense of belonging with it. It doesn’t help claiming that you’re here for the monthly paycheck. Here talk about the good company future, work environment and so forth.
Question 7. “What would you like to be doing five years from now?”
Again, this question is asked to find out whether you are committed to the job. Another reason is to see whether you are someone who sets goals in life. Your reply should assure the interviewer that your career progression goals are in line with the actual advancement route in the company.
Question 8. “Why should I hire you?”
This is the part where you link your skills, experience, education and your personality to the job itself. Back them up with actual examples of say, how you are a good. People are attracted to someone who is charismatic, who show immense amount of energy when they talk, and who love what they do. As you explain your compatibility with the job and company, be sure to portray yourself as that motivated, confident and energetic person, ever-ready to commit to the cause of the company.
Question 9. “How much are you expecting for the salary?”
Salary negotiation is a tough and delicate matter. Preferably speaking, you should avoid going into this topic until the later stage of the recruitment when you are being offered the job. Remember on your appointment they will specify the salary and that’s when to bargain. So here just be honest and tell them a figure that they think will motivate you to work harder in the company.
Question 10. “Do you have any questions to ask me?”
This is normally the last question posed to you, so it’s your chance to finish the interview elegantly. Most people prefer to say they have no question. Some employers want passive people so there don’t ask. If you must ask, ask an intelligent question about the company after your thorough research. Employers want intelligent people, so be intelligent or don’t ask at all. Having said all that, Good luck in your job interview.